Besiktas fined over pitch-invading cat

UEFA has fined Turkish club Besiktas after a cat had run onto the field in a Champions League match

Turkish club Besiktas have been fined 34,000 euros ($A52,000) by UEFA over a security lapse which had allowed a cat to sneak onto the pitch during their Champions League last-16 home tie against Bayern Munich.

European soccer's governing body charged Besiktas with "insufficient organisation" after referee Michael Oliver had to stop play in the second half against Bayern in March when a cat slipped past security and onto the field.

UEFA said in a statement that Besiktas were also penalised after fans threw objects and stairways were blocked at the Vodafone Park stadium in Istanbul.

German champions Bayern won the match 3-1 to go through to the quarter-finals with a 8-1 aggregate victory.